noun no·ta·tion \nō-ˈtā-shən\

: a system of marks, signs, figures, or characters that is used to represent information

Full Definition of NOTATION

a :  the act, process, method, or an instance of representing by a system or set of marks, signs, figures, or characters
b :  a system of characters, symbols, or abbreviated expressions used in an art or science or in mathematics or logic to express technical facts or quantities
no·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of NOTATION

  1. a mathematical notation for computer programming
  2. <he had scribbled his notation so quickly I couldn't read it>

Origin of NOTATION

Latin notation-, notatio, from notare to note
First Known Use: 1584


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